307. New Military Technologies and the Laws of War

DATE: Friday, July 21, 2017      TIME: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
LOCATION: USPTO, 2nd floor, Nevada Room

Dramatic advances in weapons technology over the past two decades have led to a revolution in military affairs. Robotics and cyber weapons have used real-time information and communications to produce precision that has reduced casualties and blurred the line between war and peace. Critics fear that these developments will encourage nations to resort to force more often; they call for international agreements to ban the new technologies. But are efforts to limit the use of such weapons misguided? Will new military technologies reduce or increase civilian casualties and the overall destructiveness of war? Might they create more opportunities for the settlement of international disputes with less use of force?

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Hogene Choi

Hogene Choi works on a range of intellectual property matters, focusing primarily on patent prosecution, transactions, and counseling. Ms. Choi has patent prosecution experience covering technologies related to internet applications and server-side architecture, desktop applications and operating systems, EDA, graphics and audio/video as well as semiconductors, electronics, nanotechnology and the mechanical arts. Ms. Choi has worked on both U.S. and international patent prosecution, pre-acquisition due diligence, post-acquisition portfolio mining and pre-assertion due diligence.


Linda Lourie

General Counsel, Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx)

Linda Lourie advises a team of active duty, reservist, and civilian personnel bringing innovative technology to solve Defense Department problems.  Linda has previously served in the Department of Defense's Office of General Counsel; as the first Director for Rule of Law at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan; on President Obama’s Task Force on Export Control Reform; with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq; the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Early in her career, she was a curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Linda received her A.B. cum laude in Fine Arts from Harvard University, her M.A. from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts in Medieval Islamic Art History, and her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.  

John Yoo

Professor, UC Berkeley School of Law

Professor Yoo joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 1993. He is the co-director of the Korea Law Center and also acts as faculty director for the California Constitution Center and the Program in Public Law and Governance. He is the author most recently of Point of Attack: Preventive War, International Law, and Global Welfare (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Professor Yoo received his B.A., summa cum laude, in American history from Harvard University. Between college and law school, he worked as a newspaper reporter in Washington, D.C. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an articles editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Professor Yoo has clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the D.C. Circuit. He served as general counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee from 1995-96. From 2001 to 2003, he served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on issues involving foreign affairs, national security and the separation of powers.

Professor Yoo is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Trento in Italy, and he has also been a visiting professor at Keio Law School in Japan, Seoul National University in Korea, Chapman Law School, the University of Chicago, and the Free University of Amsterdam. Professor Yoo also has received the Paul M. Bator Award for excellence in legal scholarship and teaching from the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy.